retirement savings

14 Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

As we start 2014, let's look at 14 areas where people are most likely to make expensive money mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.

Stop Treating Your Retirement Account Like a Piggy Bank

We all know how important it is to set money aside for retirement. Unfortunately, when it comes to building a nest egg for their golden years, millions of Americans are moving in the wrong direction by taking money out of retirement accounts early.

Retirees: Don't Miss Deadline for Required IRA, 401(k) Distributions

Smart retirees have done everything they could lately to stretch their retirement accounts, but taking too little out of them will get you into big trouble with the IRS. Fail to withdraw your full required minimum distribution, and the penalty you pay to the tax man will be severe.

Even the Rich Can't Retire When They Planned to Anymore

The long recession and slow recovery have forced millions of average Americans to give up their dreams of retiring at 65. But you might be surprised to learn than even among those who have quite a bit of money stashed away for retirement, the vast majority are planning to work longer, too.

Retirement Savings by Age: How Do You Compare?

How much do people have saved for retirement in their 30s? In their 40s? In their 50s? LearnVest conducted a nationwide survey to find out. Wondering how your portfolio balance stacks up? Take a look at the breakdown and find out.

Good Genes Are Priceless, but They Can Make You Millions, Too

Antisa Khvichava of the Republic of Georgia died earlier this month at a reported age of 132. And if none of us are going to live quite that long, her example is still a good reminder that our ever increasing life span has some critical implications for our long-term financial planning.

Are Swing States Doing Better at Retirement Savings Than the Rest?

When it comes to the economy, we tend to focus on our personal financial health -- things like how well our retirement savings are doing. Investment advisory firm FutureAdvisor's state-by-state breakdown sheds some interesting light on where people are getting ahead, and where they're falling behind.

Fix This Roth IRA Mistake Before the IRS Nails You

Using Roth IRAs to save for retirement is one of the smartest moves you can make. What's not smart, however, is breaking the IRS rules governing IRAs. Fortunately, if you accidentally break the rules you can go back and fix things -- as long as you don't wait too long.

How to Pick the Juicier 401(k) Plan

Roth 401(k)s used to be fairly rare; now, they're starting to crop up by the bushelful. But while they may be the hot new investment, but the tax implications mean Roth 401(k)s aren't for everyone. To see if you'd benefit, ask yourself the following questions: